London Night Noise ban For Commercial GA

For those who would like to see a summary of the current issue we are facing with the London night noise ban and to hear exactly what we are doing about this for our sector please read on.

Summary of Issue

The Government undertook a consultation late 2016 on night noise for the London airfields, which included STN, LGW and LHR. As a result of that consultation some changes were made to the classification of aircraft noise ratings (QC). This was primarily driven by an environmental lobby and promises made within the 2013 Aviation Strategy issued by the then Secretary for State Patrick Mcloughlin.

With the advent of a new generation scheduled aviation airliners, such as the A320 Neo. These aircraft promised noise ratings significantly lower than the previous generations of that type. There was a subsequent move to re datum noise ratings associated with aircraft movements at the three airports listed above through a night noise consultation.

The A320 NEO was considered as a QC 0 rated aircraft for future movements when calculating noise profiles for the airfield. What also occurred was that many commercial GA aircraft, that were already QC 0 rated around the world were arbitrarily re classified at these airport locations to QC 0.125. This may seem insignificant, except that this completely changed how those aircraft were able to operate. Where previously those aircraft were able to operate during night hours 22.30 – 07.00, suddenly they were required to utilise a slot. The flaw in this model is that when an airport is constrained with its movements and therefore its available slots, it is not feasible for commercial GA to access any slots. Effectively slots are designed for seasonal allocation against scheduled flights and in a business where activity is driven on a 24 hour timescale commercial GA cannot compete.

There is a secondary impact in terms of night activity which has also been effectively withdrawn to the Commercial GA sector. At least 1/3 of our movements at STN are with aircraft types that are rated above QC 0 and because of the pressure on slots created by the change, we are not able to access the remaining AdHoc slots at night due to their utilisation by Cargo and scheduled passenger operations. In terms of environmental protection and noise generation this is an anomaly because the aircraft operated by our community are still significantly quieter than fully loaded cargo aircraft, or the majority of passenger aircraft which are older technology.

Our current actions for the sector

Throughout the process the BBGA has been seeking to work with the respective bodies and encourage solutions. This productive approach has garnered support and respect from these bodies towards finding solutions. As far as the situation driven by the original night noise consultation affecting aircraft operating from STN,LGW and LHR, we have engaged directly with the Aviation Minister and her DfT team. Our request has been made on multiple levels. At the first stage we did request issuing an emergency derogation to actually roll back the legislation for the current season to reduce the direct damage to the market. It soon became clear that there was no mechanism available to derogate the changes made. Letters requesting help by the Aviation Minister were made to various parties and even with that intervention we found that the body which controls slots for aviation even though asked to assist did not have the instruments available to them to protect what were effectively slots that equated to our grandfathered utilisation. In the short term that was strike two for industry.

However, the DfT have shown understanding that what was happening is wrong and there is also awareness that this is not helping UK Plc. with the encouragement of the inward investors at such a critical time. Therefore we have been encouraged to make the case to DfT that there is a need to rapidly open a new consultation on night noise for the London airports specifically to address the unintended consequences of the last piece of legislation. Our intention is to see that consultation raised and addressed in the second half of 2018 so that changes can be made to prevent the same thing happening in the following season. The BBGA FBO workgroup managing this on behalf of the association have completed the first stage and have submitted a draft of that request to reopen the consultation to the DfT team in the last week.

In the case of Luton where the result is the same but the root cause is different, your industry representatives have me with all the Luton representatives in terms of operations with the airport and ownership/planning with the local government. It is fair to say that all parties now understand the magnitude of their actions and the airport have agreed to put in a new planning application to address the noise profiles required. Industry will be working with the airport to address this in the next few months and we have secured noise experts from our community with substantial experience in the field. Again this action is set to provide a solution for the upcoming season.

We are ensuring that the profile of this issue is firmly on the political agenda and with our connections in the all-party political group for aviation (APPG) we can ensure that if we have to we will raise questions in parliament to reinforce our concerns.

This experience is seen as an important landmark for our sector and it is a clearly the thin end of a wedge, not only in the UK but in the EU as well. If it is seen as acceptable to displace our operations in preference to dealing with problems in a proportionate way across aviation then suddenly we will not be able to operate and that will have a very significant impact on the UK economy as we discourage our investors in a post Brexit world.

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RAeS Corporate Partner Briefing on Monday 10 September 2018



BBGA Members are invited to attend a RAeS Corporate Partner Briefing on Monday 10 September 2018, when Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Capability & Force Design), AVM Richard Knighton, will talk about next generation military capability.

This event is kindly sponsored by Serco.

The venue is the Royal Aeronautical Society headquarters, No. 4 Hamilton Place, London W1, UK and the briefing and discussion will run from 5.00 – 6.00pm.  There will be refreshments available beforehand from 4.30pm and a drinks reception afterwards until approximately 7.00pm.  Please click here to view the full event details on our website.

 If you would like to attend this event, please click here to register online and ensure that you are logged in to your personal account (NB if you do not already have a personal account, the system will invite you to set one up).  Alternatively please complete and return the reply slip in the Notice & booking form, 10 September 2018.  I should point out that spaces are limited and allocated strictly in order of application and we therefore recommend that you register promptly in order to guarantee your place.

As a Corporate Partner of the Society, any employee of your organisation is entitled to register for this event.  Please therefore pass these details to anyone else within your organisation who may be interested in attending.

We hope this event will be of interest to you and your colleagues.

BBGA – GPS Jamming

Please see below message from CEO Marc Bailey (25 July 2018)

Dear Member

Following talks with the CAA yesterday at the Business Aviation Flight Operations Liaison Group (BAFOLG) we discussed the issue of GPS jamming. Something surfaced which you may wish your CAM to consider. Whilst examples of GPS jamming will obviously remove that navigation aid,  all operators will have operational procedures in place to address this loss of GPS. However, you may have a dormant failure which could impact your GPWS. There have been examples of GPWS position input being taken from GPS, rather than actual position from other sources. Clearly this failure mode would place your GPWS warnings under question, but you might not see any indication as such of this performance reduction.

It might be worth processing this issue through your SAG.



Marc Bailey

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House of Commons Networking Event – Attended by more than 170 Industry Professionals


The BBGA House of Commons Reception which took place on Wedneday 17 July was another hugely successful event for the Association.  Over 170 Industry Professionals, many joining us for the Farnborough Airshow, enjoyed sunshine on the terrace with Pimms and Canapes at this prestigous networking event where we were joined by Chris Grayling, Grant Shapps, Leo Docherty and Baroness Sugg.

Thank you to our event sponsors Gulfstream Aerospace, Close Brothers and Clyde and Co for helping us to organise this great event.



We are delighted to announce the details for the 2nd BBGA FlightSafety Golf Tournament which takes place on Friday 27th July at the Royal Berkshire Golf Club.
Below is the confirmed format for the event and we hope you and your colleagues are able to join us.

Click this link to complete and return the Golf Day Booking Form

Kindly sponsored by
On arrival –
Bacon Rolls and Coffee
FlightSafety International
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Morning Round –
FlightSafety International Trophy
18 holes Individual Stableford for the FlightSafety International Trophy flightsafety_logo_color Transparent Background
Lunch in the club restaurant
Harrods Aviation
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Afternoon Round –
Honeywell Aerospace Trophy
18 holes Pairs Stableford for the Honeywell Aerospace

Greensome Foursomes Tournament and also Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive Trophies

Beat The Pro – Signature Flight Support
  Players are invited to try and “Beat The Pro, PGA Luke Johnson is sponsored by Signature Flight Support for his shot at this year’s European Pro tour. Players can put £5 in the charity pot for a chance to win 50% of the pot or upto £100. Luke will be offering golfers some tips and tricks though out the day. The money raised will be donated to FlightSafety International’s chosen charity Naomi House Children’s Hospice. signature

Courtesy of FlightSafety International this year for the first time we will also be Providing sandwiches in the bar at the end of the tournament during the trophy

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Players, including Green Fees, Morning Coffee, Lunch £175.00 incl VAT
Non-Players, includes all above except Green fees £75.00 incl VAT

Click this link to complete and return the Golf Day Booking Form

Please email your completed booking form or post along with your payment to Rachael Paskin BBGA,1 Brook Farm Barns, Dorton, Bucks, HP18 9NQ.

The limit is around 40 players so please get your entries in ASAP as this will be on a first come first served basis.

Entries must be received by Wednesday 18th July at the latest please. 

Payment is preferable via BACS: sort code 60-21-21 account number: 53519418,
Cheques acceptable though not preferred. If you wish to pay by credit card
please call the office.

We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support, without which the event could not take place.

IS-BAH July 2018 Workshops

For Full Details and to Register, choose the applicable workshop:

Day one: 2 Jul. 2018 (0800 – 1600)

Day Two:

3 Jul. 2018 (0800 – 1600)


Details and Booking Here

Avantto and Air BP collaborate in carbon offsetting program for business aviation

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  • Aircraft management company Avantto has launched a pioneering initiative in Brazil, in collaboration with Air BP, to offset the carbon emissions related to their use of aviation fuel.
  • The carbon emissions will be offset by BP Target Neutral, a well-established program that invests in carbon reduction projects around the world.
  • The initiative reaffirms Avantto’s commitment to sustainability and builds on existing initiatives to reduce their carbon emissions.

São Paulo, May 17, 2018 – Avantto Aircraft Administration, in collaboration with Air BP, announces a pioneering program in Brazil to offset carbon emissions in the business aviation sector. The carbon emissions related to the use of all of the aviation fuel supplied by Air BP to Avantto for the next 12 months will be offset via BP Target Neutral, in line with the companies’ commitment to a lower carbon future.

“Through our partnership with Air BP, we have taken another step in our sustainability journey. Now, in addition to benefits such as safety, availability and convenience, our clients will also have the carbon emissions from the aviation fuel used in their flights offset, thereby responding in a practical way to the climate challenges,” says Rogério Andrade, Avantto’s CEO.

Avantto performs more than 750 take-offs per month, accumulating more than 4,500 flight hours per year, for about 400 users. Concerns about sustainability are at the heart of Avantto’s business model.  Through shared flights between clients, it is possible to optimize aircraft occupancy by reducing fuel consumption and the number of “empty legs”. Also, Avantto operates in one of the world’s most modern heliports – HBR Aviation, whose construction respected and prioritized a minimum environmental impact.

The program will be launched on June 1, 2018, and initially run for one year, with the possibility of being extended into the future. This is Air BP’s first carbon offsetting offer for business aviation customers in Brazil and complements its carbon neutral into-plane fueling operations at 250 directly operated locations around the world, including a number of locations in Brazil such as Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Rio de Janeiro Galeao international airports.

“In addition to finding ways to reduce our own carbon emissions, we work closely with our customers to develop innovative offers that support them in the transition to a lower carbon future. We are proud to launch this initiative in Brazil in collaboration with Avantto, which gives business aviation customers the opportunity to reduce the carbon impact of flying ” says Ricardo Paganini, General Manager, Air BP South America.

All the carbon emissions related to use of the aviation fuel supplied by Air BP to Avantto will be offset through BP Target Neutral.  The carbon emission reductions from its global portfolio of projects are independently verified and monitored in line with the ICROA (International Carbon Reduction & Offset Alliance) Code of Best Practice. Projects within the BP Target Neutral portfolio have been assessed on the basis of their contribution to reducing carbon emissions and their potential to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, for example, through their potential to help improve livelihoods for the communities they are based in through various educative, economic and social benefits.

About Avantto

Founded in 2011, Avantto offers the best executive aircraft management solutions available, giving customers the pleasure of piloting their aircraft safely, on time, and worry-free, and all for a fraction of the cost. For more information, go to

About Air BP

As the aviation division of BP, Air BP is one of the world’s leading suppliers of aviation fuel products and services. We have been investing in the aviation industry for over 90 years and currently supply around six and a half billion gallons of aviation fuel a year. We fuel over 6,000 flights a day, at around 900 locations in more than 50 countries – that’s more than four every minute.

Present in Brazil since 2002, Air BP currently operates in 26 airports in the main cities of the country, including Guarulhos, Viracopos, Galeão, Brasília and Recife, providing fuel supply services for general aviation, commercial aviation and military operations. For more information, go to

About BP Target Neutral

BP Target Neutral develops carbon neutral products and services for BP’s customers and partners.  BP Target Neutral’s operating costs are met by BP – it does not seek to make a profit from the purchase and sale of carbon credits – and its work is overseen by an independent Advisory & Assurance Panel of prominent environmental and industry experts. The Panel reviews BP Target Neutral’s performance against its stated aims in line with accepted standards for environmental and social rigour and makes recommendations on how it can be improved and strengthened.

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Air BP to offset carbon emissions of fuel supplied to Teruel Airport in May

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·         Teruel Airport, in collaboration with Air BP, announces carbon offsetting initiative to commemorate airport’s fifth anniversary

·         All carbon emissions related to aviation fuel supplied during the month of May to be offset via BP Target Neutral

Madrid, May 17, 2018. To mark the fifth anniversary of Teruel Airport, Air BP and PLATA (Plataforma Aeroportuaria de Teruel) have launched an initiative where carbon emissions related to the aviation fuel supplied at the airport will be offset through carbon reduction projects around the world.

Carbon emissions from the JET-A1 and AVGAS 100LL supplied at the airport by Air BP during May 2018 will be offset through BP Target Neutral, a programme designed to help customers reduce, replace and neutralize carbon emissions.  BP Target Neutral will balance the emissions from aviation fuel at Teruel by purchasing carbon credits from projects around the world that have reduced emissions. This process nets the emissions from aviation fuel at Teruel to zero for the month of May.

Valerio Ferro, General Manager Air BP West Med, said: “This initiative demonstrates Air BP’s continued commitment to Teruel Airport, providing it with leading-edge, innovative aviation fuel solutions and helping with the transition towards a lower carbon future.”

The aim of Plataforma Aeroportuaria de Teruel has always been to provide aviation services while respecting the environment it is operating in. It has achieved this through closely monitoring what best practice is in this area and then implementing it. “Minimizing our environmental impact has always been a priority and guided us in the development of multiple initiatives,” says Alejandro Ibrahim, General Manager of Teruel Airport. “Because of that, we are leading the Spanish airport industry where carbon offsetting programmes are concerned.”

To balance emissions from Teruel BP Target Neutral’s global portfolio includes a variety of offset projects ranging from the installation of hydropower plants in rural China to biogas initiatives in Karnataka, India. All the projects are selected by an independent forum, independently verified and monitored in line with the ICROA (International Carbon Reduction & Offset Alliance) Code of Best Practice. The projects are chosen based on their contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals, which includes their contribution to reducing carbon emissions and improving livelihoods for the communities they are based in through various educative, economic and social benefits.

About Air BP

As the aviation division of BP, Air BP is one of the world’s leading suppliers of aviation fuel products and services. We have been investing in the aviation industry for over 90 years and currently supply around six and a half billion gallons of aviation fuel a year. We fuel over 6,000 flights a day, at around 900 locations in more than 50 countries – that’s more than four every minute. Our customers include commercial airlines, the military, business and private aircraft owners, airports and airfield operators.

Air BP’s services include the design, build and operation of fuelling facilities, technical consultancy and training; supporting customers to meet their lower carbon goals through environmental solutions; the Sterling Card for efficient general aviation refuelling and innovative digital platforms to increase efficiency and reduce risk.

For details of all the locations served by Air BP go to  


Teruel Airport is an international industrial-aeronautical hub situated near the heart of the European aerospace industry. It is known as Plataforma Aeroportuaria de Teruel, or PLATA. PLATA is owned by a consortium formed by the Government of Aragon and Teruel City Council (it does not belong to AENA). It is designed to be an open platform in a strategic location where aeronautical companies from around the world can base their operations in highly competitive operational conditions.

For more information please visit

About BP Target Neutral

BP Target Neutral is managed by BP and not run for profit– BP covers BP Target Neutral’s operating costs. BP Target Neutral’s work is overseen by an independent Advisory & Assurance Panel of prominent environmental and industry experts. The Panel reviews the programme’s performance against its stated aims in line with accepted standards for environmental and social rigour and makes recommendations on how the programme can be improved and strengthenedMembers of the BP Target Neutral Advisory & Assurance Panel include Mark Kenber, former CEO of the Climate Group, Mike Barry, Director of Plan A, M&S, Rita Clifton, CBE, Peter Wheeler of The Nature Conservancy and Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder Eden Project.

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Tomorrows World Today at the BBGA Annual Conference – 8th March 2018 – Luton Hoo

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With the topical theme of ‘Tomorrow’s World Today,’ much of the focus at The British Business and General Aviation Conference on 8 March was quite rightly on where business and general aviation will begin seeing increased competition and how they can begin innovating themselves to stay relevant.

Fanatical Futurist Matthew Griffin told the audience how new technology will drive the industry’s disruption, citing the introduction of the world’s first autonomous organisations in 2016.  By 2025, Griffin said it is predicted that more decisions will be made by machines than humans.  And that by 2040 we will see the end of the motor car as we know it, with new autonomous vehicles, minus steering wheel, dashboard and pedals.  They are coming, he said, showing a futuristic ubiquitous design from Audi.

While today this might be a daunting prospect – most of the 150 delegates present still weren’t sold on the idea of pilotless aircraft – Griffin is confident emerging technologies will change the industry for the better. A switch to electric vehicles, for example, will see increasing investment in energy technology and supply, furthering the possibility of introducing batteries on aircraft and cutting fuel costs.

Elsewhere, Matthew Jones, Blockchain Leader, Automotive, Aerospace and Defence from IBM explained the benefits of blockchain technology.  A show of hands showed the audience had heard of it but didn’t really know too much about it.  Despite the common misconception it is only relevant to financial transactions, Jones asserted blockchain is capable of much more and could save businesses between 20-30% on their overall operating costs.

How? Jones says the financial services industry is already beginning to use blockchain for regulatory purposes. By digitising regulations and putting them on a blockchain rail, Jones explains compliance can be monitored in real-time without any paperwork. According to Jones, blockchain has already been successfully applied to the shipping industry.

The B word was also on the agenda, led by Alasdair Whyte, Managing Director of Corporate Jet Investor.  The proposed two-year “transition period” after the March 2019 Brexit date could mean things don’t change too quickly, and the consensus of the panel, which included Mike Alcock, assistant director for aviation at the DfT, was that things might change very little in practice.

David Oastler, Brexit Focal at the UK CAA, said there is a lot of uncertainty and advised businesses should be thinking what they have to do – on many scenarios. However, the UK

Has such a presence in EASA and contributes so much to its work, it is going to be self-harming to Europe to exclude those resources, delegates heard.

In his CEO address Marc Bailey said it was extremely encouraging that BBGA is now well positioned with the authorities which greatly helps gives members a voice.  Its new partnership with EBAA of shared membership for all UK registered member companies has bolstered membership to over 190.  Marc, who is marking eight years as CEO, is chair of the national associations too and is working closely with EBAA to strengthen them and encourage fledgling associations in new territories, like Austria, for example.

Its determination to shed the perception that BBGA is run by a male, pale and stale closed jet club was evident at this upbeat, positive gathering, which was enhanced by app technology for posing audience questions and video coverage by

Updating members on its Visions and Values initiative launched last year, BBGA is making efforts to get out into the regions with its BBGA Connects scheme and is working closely with organisations including EBAA, AOA, IBAC, AOPA, GAA to get that single voice heard.  It has been busy, along with 10-member volunteers, on a review of its structure, constitution, and governance which will be rolled out this year.

It is also restructuring its various work groups to focus on specific activity and challenges to encourage pro-active action by members.  Its FBO group, for example, is focused on securing better access to slots and parking as business aviation is getting squeezed at busy airports like London Luton and Stansted.

BBGA’s activity is further bolstered by the news that the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Aviation Group (APPG), headed by former minister Grant Shapps MP has now topped 100 MP members.  A general aviation tsar,  Bryon Davies has been appointed and the DoT is focusing on looking at the network of airfields it needs up until 2050.

Rounding off an informative day, Dr. Sarah Flattery from IHP Solutions, reminded delegates how important it is to switch off regularly – to aid business performance. This seems especially important in warding off distractions.

Each time we look at something on our phones – an email, social media – it takes approximately 23 minutes to re-focus. Flaherty pointed out that on average we’re likely to spend 40% of our day distracted, which is not good for productivity.

To combat both distraction and fatigue, Flaherty advocates practicing mindfulness, something which is known to be used by many successful CEOs. The results range from increased workforce attention and efficiency to less sickness. It’s all about finding balance.

‘Finding Balance’ is a great way to sum up the recent efforts of the BBGA.  As outgoing CAA Chief Executive Andrew Haines compared general aviation with the chapels in South Wales where he grew up, joking, “They know what they agree on but not what they disagree on,” he underlined the importance of BBGA’s role –providing one clear voice for business and general aviation. Underlining the excellent relationship the UK CAA and BBGA enjoy Andrew introduced his successor Richard Moriarty at the Luton Hoo event, who stayed on all day to chat with delegates, right through to the evening gala dinner.

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